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Fatal hit-and-run driver, victim ID’d

Police have identified the driver and the victim in a hit-and-run crash Monday that left a 31-year-old woman dead.

The victim, Maria Guadalupe Garcia Rodriguez, was found dead Sunday morning on Coors near Eagle Ranch NW after she was struck by a semi-truck, police said.

The driver, Jesus Vigil, will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office.

Vigil told his boss at a local trucking company that he hit a dog Saturday night. The owner called police after learning that a body had been found in the same area where Vigil claimed to have hit the dog.

Fed prosecutor candidates sought

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are looking for candidates to be New Mexico’s next top federal prosecutor.

The New Mexico Democrats will recommend to President Obama a short list of qualified candidates to replace U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzalez, who has been named to a federal judgeship in Santa Fe. Once Gonzalez is confirmed by the Senate, the U.S. attorney post will become vacant.

Those who are interested in the position must complete and return an application to the senators’ offices no later than March 4.

Prisoner flees while at UNMH

Metropolitan Detention Center inmate Valerie Guzman escaped jail custody Tuesday afternoon while she was being treated at UNM Hospital.

Guzman was booked into MDC on Sunday on several charges, including one relating to firearms.

Some of those charges include auto theft, a probation violation and felon in possession of a gun. Guzman escaped around 12:30 p.m., according to a news release from the jail.

Caged-child suspect indicted

LAS CRUCES – A man linked to the locking up of an 8-year-old New Mexico girl with developmental disabilities in a wooden cage has been indicted.

Edmond Gonzales, 37, was indicted by a grand jury last week on five counts of child abuse and one count of child abandonment.

Police allege that Gonzales and his girlfriend, Cindy Patriarchias, left an 8-year-old girl in a makeshift bed described as a “wooden cage” last month while they took three other children to the movies.

Indictment documents show Gonzales has previous convictions for drug trafficking, possession and attempted unlawful use of an ATM card. Patriarchias, the aunt of the girl, was arrested in the case but has not been indicted.

One Billion Rising schedule updated

On Thursday in Santa Fe, New Mexico women and men will join people in 178 countries for One Billion Rising, a global action call for an end to violence against women.

The updated schedule for the event is:

⋄  9 a.m. at the Roundhouse, “Why I’m Rising” testimonials. (See a photo gallery at Sage magazine’s online edition, abqjournalsage.com, to preview.)

⋄  10 a.m., Roundhouse, the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence holds a press conference.

⋄  Noon, outside the roundhouse, a flash mob dance urging people to “strike, dance, rise,” plus other festivities.

⋄  At about 12:45 p.m., participants march from the Roundhouse to the Farmers’ Market Pavilion.

⋄  From 12:45 p.m. to 6 p.m., Farmers’ Market Pavilion, showings of risings from around the world.

⋄  6:30 p.m., Railyard Performance Center, EmbodyDance holds a dance session.
— This article appeared on page C2 of the Albuquerque Journal

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